We currently have an urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE).

We have temporarily suspended a majority of in-kind donations to UI Hospitals & Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

We will resume non-PPE donations at a later date. Please check back, as this page will be updated as circumstances change. Thank you for your interest and generosity in assisting our staff and serving our patients and the community.

Get the most up-to-date information on donations from uihc.org

We have some restrictions in place to protect the safety, health, and privacy of our patients and their families. We are not able to accept items that do not meet these guidelines. Please make sure your donation counts!

Due to privacy regulations and infection control policies, a UI Health Care Guest Services staff member will accept donations on behalf of the hospital. We will make sure that items go where they are needed most.

  • All items must be new.
  • All items must come from smoke-free, dust-free, pet-free, and illness-free environments.
  • All fabric items must be made from new materials and wrapped in plastic for delivery.
  • All pins – safety pins and straight pins – must be removed from all donations.
  • Donations should not be gift-wrapped.
  • We cannot accept food items past their labeled expiration dates.
  • To protect patient privacy names of current and former patients cannot be included with gifts.

Please complete a donation form, and bring a copy along with your donation.

We accept donations at the UI Hospitals & Clinics Main Entrance, near Concierge Services, on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Unacceptable items - For health and security reasons, we cannot accept:

  • Handmade toys due to toy regulations for quality and safety
  • Handmade cards
  • Oversized stuffed animals
  • Used items
  • Anything latex
  • Candy
  • Fleece baby hats
  • Riding toys
  • Violent toys or games or toy weapons
  • Used medical equipment (Iowa Compass)
  • Art (Project Art)
  • Any food that is not prepackaged

Wish List

These items are very popular with our patients and their families at all times.

Gift cards, especially from:

  • UI Hospitals & Clinics Food and Nutrition Services
  • UI Hospitals & Clinics Volunteer Services
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • iTunes
  • Amazon
  • Restaurant chains

New clothing of all sizes:

Some patients' clothing is damaged due to their illness or injury

  • Sweatshirts
  • Elastic waist sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Adult hard-soled slippers
  • Adult winter hats
  • Adult mittens


  • Infant rattles
  • Toddler toys
  • Barbies
  • Journals
  • Word search books
  • Crossword books
  • Sudoku books
  • Rubik's Cubes
  • Fidget spinners
  • Slinkys
  • Card games, including:
  • Standard decks of cards
    • UNO
    • Spot It!
    • Phase 10
  • Newly purchased, small, plush animals
    • Please deliver in individual plastic bags
  • Fisher-Price Little People toys, small sets
  • Small train cars
  • Small ponies, horses, and dinosaurs
  • Small tractors
  • Melissa and Doug brand toys
  • Laugh & Learn toys
  • LeapFrog toys
  • Magna-Tiles®
  • PopSockets®
  • Earbuds
  • Discovery Kids craft kits
  • Slime and slime supplies
  • Noise putty
  • Fisher-Price toy medical kits
  • Nerf balls
  • Action figures, including:
    • Marvel
    • Justice League
  • Small and medium Lego kits
  • Board books
  • Crinkle books for babies
  • Books with popular titles for all ages
  • DVDs
    • Rated G, PG, and PG-13 only
  • Backpacks
  • Classic board games
  • Items with popular characters, including:
    • Disney
    • Frozen
    • Thomas the Train
    • Star Wars
    • Doc McStuffins
    • Paw Patrol
    • PJ Masks
    • Peppa Pig
  • Bath sets for teens
  • Nail polish

Craft supplies:

You can also order from our Amazon Wish List.

  • Crayola® crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor paints
  • Crayola® washable markers
  • Sketch pads
  • Coloring books for all ages, including adults
  • Decorative duct tape
  • Elmer's Glue (large bottles)
  • Food coloring
  • Glue dots
  • Glue sticks
  • Modeling clay
  • Crayola® Model Magic®
  • Playdoh
  • Paint canvases
  • Play-Doh
  • Play-Doh sets
  • Blunt tip scissors
  • Individual craft sets for various ages and genders
  • Model cars for varying abilities

Iowa Hawkeye gifts and apparel, all sizes

Toiletry items

  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Mouthwash
  • Shaving cream
  • Saline solution
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel-size shampoo

Individually wrapped, non-perishable snacks that have not exceeded the expiration date on the label


Call our automated gift line at 1-319-467-8087 for detailed information on how to donate.

For additional questions, please call Sheri Austin, Concierge Services, at 1-319-356-1900.